Geography (AA-T Degree A0356)

Humanities and Social Sciences Division
Geography is a diverse discipline, with foundational coursework in both Earth and Social Sciences. Such foundational courses are augmented by coursework that applies geographic principles to particular world regions and by courses that explore the fundamental human-environment relationship, including coursework in Anthropology, Political Science, Biology and Earth Sciences.

To earn an Associate in Arts in Geography for Transfer degree, a student must complete 60 semester units that are eligible for transfer to the CSU system that consist of the IGETC pattern or CSU GE breadth and a major of a minimum of 18 units. Students must have a minimum GPA of 2.0 in all CSU-transferable coursework to receive an associate degree for transfer and all courses in the major must be completed with a C or better. Students earning an associate degree for transfer will not be required to complete any other local graduation requirements.

Required Courses

Course Prefix Course Name Units
Core Courses
GEOG 1Physical Geography3
or GEOG 1H Physical Geography - Honors
GEOG 1LPhysical Geography Laboratory1
or GEOG 1LH Physical Geography Laboratory - Honors
GEOG 2Human Geography3
or GEOG 2H Human Geography - Honors
List A:
GEOG 5World Regional Geography3
GEOG 30Geography of California3
GEOG 10Introduction to Geographic Information Systems3
List B:
ANTH 5Cultural Anthropology3
Total Units for Major19
CSU General Education or IGETC Pattern 139-42
Total Units60

Program Learning Objectives

Upon successful completion of this program, a student will be able to:

  • Apply geographic principles to particular world regions.
  • Analyze the fundamental human-environment relationship.
  • Evaluate spatial variation in human and physical processes.

    Review Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) for this program.

Guided Pathways of Study

When students can identify a career goal early on in their educational journey, they are more likely to complete on time and succeed. Consistent guidance and a clear outline of the required courses help support students decisions in choosing the right program for them. Explore below to find the programs that most interest you.

Plan of Study Grid
Fall Term 1Units
ENGL 1A Freshman Composition 4 4
GEOG 1 Physical Geography 3 3
GEOG 1L Physical Geography Laboratory 1 1
CSU MATH CSU GE B4 Mathematics Crse 4 3-4
Spring Term 1
GEOG 10 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems 3 3
CSU SELF CSU GE E Lifelong n SelfDev cr 3 3
CSU CRTTH CSU Area A-3 Crit Thnkg Course 4 3-4
Summer Term 1
CSU ELECT CSU Trnsf Course (Elective) 3 1-5
Fall Term 2
GEOG 30 Geography of California 3 3
CSU ARTS CSU GE C1 Arts Crse 3 3
CSU AMIST CSU GE American Institutions 3 3
Winter Term 2
CSU ELECT CSU Trnsf Course (Elective) 3 1-5
CSU ELECT CSU Trnsf Course (Elective) 3 1-5
Spring Term 2
CSU AMIST CSU GE American Institutions 3 3
CSU SCNC2 CSU GE B2 Life Sc Crse 3 3-5
CSU ELECT CSU Trnsf Course (Elective) 3 1-5
CSU ETHS CSU GE Area F Ethnic Studies 3 3
 Total Units42-62
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